The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., the largest English-language trade book publisher, announced today a new joint venture with POLITICO, the leading source for political news, to publish a series of four instant digital books on the 2012 Presidential Election. Read the full press release here.
The Random House Publishing Group, part of Random House Inc., is reviving its former Bantam Books-originated Loveswept imprint, a groundbreaking romance publishing line of the eighties and nineties, which helped launch the careers of such bestselling authors as Sandra Brown, Suzanne Brockmann, Janet Evanovich, Tami Hoag, Iris Johansen, and Kay Hooper. The 2011 Loveswept publishing program will be a digital-exclusive imprint, comprised of original, newly written e-books, as well as beloved Ballantine Bantam Dell romances and classic Loveswept titles. In addition to Loveswept, Random House will launch a new website, RomanceAtRandom, hosted by Sue Grimshaw. Read the full press release here.
Sales for Janet Evanovich, one of the world’s biggest-selling novelists, more than lived up to the title of her new book, Smokin’ Seventeen. Combined first-day sales of print, audio, and digital reached 218,000 books sold, it was announced by Gina Centrello, President and Publisher of The Random House Publishing Group, whose Bantam Books imprint published the book on Tuesday, June 21. “Even by the high standards Janet has set as one of the bestselling authors of our time, her first-day sales for Smokin’ Seventeen have exceeded all of our expectations,” said Centrello.
Congratulations to Téa Obreht for winning the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction for The Tiger’s Wife. At the age of twenty-five, she’s the youngest author to do so in the history of the prize. Read more here.
Congratulations to Random House’s Audie Winners! The Best Nonfiction award went to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, read by Cassandra Campbell with Bahni Turpin, produced by Kelly Gildea and Dan Musselman. The Best Thriller/Suspense award went to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson, read by Simon Vance, produced by Aaron Blank and Dan Musselman.
Phyllis Grann, one of our industry’s most celebrated figures, has decided to retire. Read the full press release here.
Vintage Books congratulates Philip Roth on winning the Man Booker International Prize 2011. The Prize is awarded once every two years for an achievement in fiction on the world stage. On awarding Roth the Prize today, the committee said, “For more than 50 years Philip Roth’s books have stimulated, provoked, and amused an enormous, and still expanding, audience. His imagination has not only recast our idea of Jewish identity, it has also reanimated fiction, and not just American fiction, generally. His career is remarkable in that he starts at such a high level, and keeps getting better. In his fifties and sixties, when most novelists are in decline, he wrote a string of novels of the highest, enduring quality. Indeed, his most recent, Nemesis (2010), is as fresh, memorable, and alive with feeling as anything he has written. His is an astonishing achievement.” Vintage Books publishes all thirty-one of Roth’s books, from the first, Goodbye, Columbus (1959) to the most recent, Nemesis (2010).
Bertelsmann acquires digital media agency Smashing Ideas for Random House, Inc. Read the full press release here.
Congratulations to our LA Times Book Award winners. For Biography, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand; for Fiction, A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan; for History, The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers.
Spiritual authority and bestselling author Deepak Chopra joins forces with Crown Publishing Group to launch new imprint, Deepak Chopra Books. Read more here.
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